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Need help - Peeling lips & inflamation - Linked to Protein

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  • Posted By: Alizee
  • November 23, 2009
  • 05:00 PM

Since childhood, I've dealt with peeling lips. My parents always told me I was picking them, but even when I wore band-aids on them for 3 days, the skin would come become dry and peel off until they bled.

Also, since puberty, I've dealt with acne. Plenty of blackheads and many infections on my face. Over the past 8 years, I saw doctors to no avail.

Finally, two years ago, I discovered that when I didn't eat protein for 8 days, my acne and my peeling lips healed. However, within 10 hours of eating protein, the acne and chapped lips return.

Protein sources that I had to avoid included: Meats, eggs, cheeses, nuts, seeds, flax seeds, tofu, beans, lentils, chickpeas, miso.

I did discover that I could eat other types of protein without incident: Whole-wheat pasta, algae and the proteins found in potatoes, yams and so many other vegetables.

I saw 7 doctors but no one wanted to help.

I stayed on a low-protein diet for 9 months and my skin and lips remained perfect. I had blood tests conducted to make sure I was getting enough protein and the doctor said I had better protein levels than anyone in the hospital.

I believe I am allergic to a specific amino acid within protein. I can't get any doctors to help with this. Are there any amino-acid tests? Are there disorders like this?

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  • Can't answer your question but thought I'd mention that I get similar lip peeling from eating certain foods but haven't found any medical information on this. If I eat gluten, dairy, or nuts, I'll have chapped lips or thin slices of skin peeling off in my mouth within a few hours. These all have proteins which makes me suspect them as the underlying cause like you. Surprised not to find any medical info but the cause/effect is too strong to ignore and avoiding those foods solves the problem. I also suspect a link to acne here. I realized that with my skin so sensitive to certain foods it was also sensitive to most soaps. I can only use the mildest liquid soaps or baby soaps on my face. One use of regular soap and I'll have pimples within a few days.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2009
    • 06:23 AM
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  • I forgot to mention that meat, tofu & soy also causes me to have canker sores all inside my mouth. Red meat is the WORST trigger, acting like an acid to my skin. Within 10 hours of eating red meat, I would develop 5-10 infected, oozing and red canker sores. Because I was always eating meat, it seemed like the canker sores never went away. Over time, I also learned that tofu had the same effect.Not only does red meat and soy cause random canker sores to show up, but it causes the tiniest scratch on my body to become inflamed, painful and itchy. If I happen to bite the side of my mouth and also eat red meat or soy, within 10 hours, the bitten area becomes infected and turns into a massively swollen canker sore. After 10 years of dealing with hideous canker sores and chapped lips, I found the cause. My dentist originally told me I probably had oral herpes, even though my symptoms didn't precisely go by the book (I've never had lesions on the outside of my mouth). So, it appears protein causes my blackheads to become infected, creating acne, it causes me to have chapped lips and it causes me to have canker sores.
    Alizee 3 Replies
    • November 30, 2009
    • 01:05 AM
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  • I forgot to mention that meat, tofu & soy also causes me to have canker sores all inside my mouth. Red meat is the WORST trigger, acting like an acid to my skin. Within 10 hours of eating red meat, I would develop 5-10 infected, oozing and red canker sores. Because I was always eating meat, it seemed like the canker sores never went away. Over time, I also learned that tofu had the same effect.Not only does red meat and soy cause random canker sores to show up, but it causes the tiniest scratch on my body to become inflamed, painful and itchy. If I happen to bite the side of my mouth and also eat red meat or soy, within 10 hours, the bitten area becomes infected and turns into a massively swollen canker sore. After 10 years of dealing with hideous canker sores and chapped lips, I found the cause. My dentist originally told me I probably had oral herpes, even though my symptoms didn't precisely go by the book (I've never had lesions on the outside of my mouth). So, it appears protein causes my blackheads to become infected, creating acne, it causes me to have chapped lips and it causes me to have canker sores.Hey, Im also suffering from similar symptoms (acne and peeling lips); however, no canker sores. But it's still possible that I have the same type of allergy because I have been a vegetarian since childhood, but still ate certain other proteins. My lips have been dry and I have had acne for the longest time, then a month ago I decided to be a vegan and suddenly my face began to clear. I haven't seen too much improvement on my lips tho...But still it hasn't been that long and evidently I may still be eating things that harm me. Have you found out anything else about your condition?
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  • I have had peeling lips for 30 years, and when I finally tried going gluten and casein free, the problem cleared up about 70%, and if I avoid eggs and soy also, then the problem goes away completely. For years people thought I had this nervous habit of picking my lips, but I always knew it wasn't that and that something else was causing it. I'm not sure what the interaction is exactly, but it is at least nice to know that I can stop if if i want to by following the right diet.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2010
    • 11:43 AM
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